Ready for reading beyond “Pony and Little Girl”? Here are some primary reader stories which my kids loved – our heroes use cooperation and their wits to engage in adventures laced with welcoming values and fun.
The Great Laundry Mystery Karen’s Mom is marrying Gwen’s Mama, and the girls find adventure in the middle of all the preparations! Karen is an extra-energetic gal and her almost-sister Gwen is a very deliberate, careful girl. How will they work together?
Nthabi’s Star What could the Sea Faeries be searching for outside Nthabi’s window? She’d better get her favorite adult and go help them!
Katherine’s Gift How can a kid solve the problem of getting a gift for her baby sister? It can be tough when you have no money, no transportation, and you’re not allowed to leave the yard without a grown-up. Thank goodness for Cat Magic!
Junior Brigadoons Sometimes adventures are closer than you know! A sister and brother learn things they never knew about fire safety and help out a friend in need.
Abigail and the Sea Abigail makes a magical friend! The two girls from different worlds combine their wits to diffuse the danger of the Great Grump.
It’s the Cold Latitudes Dilemma – how to hold hands with your sweetie on a romantic walk through the snow without getting frostbite? A stockinette hand pouch with cuffs! Add your own beautiful cables or color work, of course. It goes particularly well with a matching pair of mittens, shared by your non-holding hands. Makes a great Valentine’s or engagement gift. Price is $2.00 through PayPal.
The days grow shorter, the harvest comes in, we settle our debts, and we forgive one another. When the veil parts between this world and the After World, may your tears be of joy and sorrow, loneliness, and acknowledgement that those we love will always love us.
The Wild Ride Written from the perspective of a young ghost, this story tells of her love for her family mingled with her willingness to move on from this world.
The Next Great Adventure This service occurred at the UU Congregation of the Upper Valley, Norwich, Vermont, on October 30, 2011
The winter solstice is a time for family, memories, generosity, and the re-birth of hope throughout the world. May it be joyful for you.
Tante Claus A wider look at life at the North Pole. Discover holidays – and Elves! – from all over the world, and just exactly what Mrs. Claus does.
What’s the deal with prime numbers? Grab your crayons and discover some great patterns while searching for primes! Prime Number Grid
Every number can be written as a multiplication sentence – which can be very useful when the numbers get too big or too many. Here’s practice re-writing each number from 2 to 100 as the multiplication of Prime Factors. Prime Factors
Great for readers who are just beyond “Matt has a cat” and want a real short story just for them! I wrote these for my pony-loving daughter, who loves solving the mystery at the end of each one.
Pony Goes Tracking Pony’s Bath
Pony’s Neighbor Pony’s Pink Paddock
Pony’s Special Day Pony Goes Shopping
Written for Little Ones and often about them!
This very wide, very warm scarf is knit as two long stockinette tubes which loop around and under and over one another. Short rows and wrap-and-turn accomplish the various corners. This particular cable is copied from the beautiful collarbone tattoos of the talented web spinner at Damask Blue Designs. The pattern is very much in “beta test” mode, and I’m pleased to offer it for free until it has been thoroughly test-knitted.
Damask Blue Shaped Scarf
An Interdependence Game: The Friendly Creatures Game invites twelve participants to take on the roles of twelve of Earth’s creatures in a cooperative problem-solving game. Each player is assigned a resource to Have and a resource to Need. Each player speaks two animal languages, and may only communicate with others who share a language in common.
How will the creatures find what they need to survive?
The Friendly Creatures Game was originally designed for children. With random assignment of Have and Need cards, it has been used successfully by a law professor as an exercise in negotiation, contract, leadership styles, basic economic theory, and interdependence.
The central message of The Friendly Creatures Game is that we cannot win until everyone shares their resources.
Here’s a quick template for math facts and some strategies for addition, multiplication and fractions. Math Grid
An Environmental Stewardship and Earth Spirit Curriculum for Preschoolers
Animal Helpers guides preschool children on a six-session exploration of environmental stewardship, using images of animals for inspiration. It uses guided visualization to help each child identify with a specific animal which embodies positive qualities and encourages the child to be her or his best self. The animal may continue to serve as a meditation image long after the class is complete.
Animal Helpers uses sacred dance, storytelling, role playing, music, crafts, and discussion to reach each child in her or his special learning and attending style and teaches children about environmental stewardship by engaging in projects to help creatures of air, land, and water.
The central message of Animal Helpers calls all of us, no matter how small, to work together to keep our Earth safe and clean.
This double-thickness headband is knit in the round along the short dimension, adding rows along the long dimension, joined to the provisional cast-on at the back seam. The stockinette inner surface keeps your ears toasty and the beautiful cables of the outer surface, knit against a reverse stockinette background, are copied from Ireland’s great treasure: The Book of Kells.
Kells Headband pdf